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Star Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer - August Schell Brewing Company

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Star Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat BeerStar Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 46
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beachscrat on 07-12-2013)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-01-2013 22:15:44 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-23-2013 20:07:54 | More by djrn2
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-08-2014 23:13:22 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-08-2014 23:14:34 | More by Texasfan549
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emerge077

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
This was a highlight of the night.

Pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow, supercharged with champagne streamers of racing carbonation. Compact but sturdy head of bone white foam, it has a creamy texture and laces well on the glass.

Sour apple aroma with a slight cheese rind funk from the Lactobacillus.

Tastes like a very tart sour apple, super crisp and quenching, clean lacto tartness that dries out immediately in the finish. Expressive yeast flavors give it a unique fruity apple/crabapple taste and a vaguely funky wild yeast character. Spritzy champagne carbonation, zesty and light, just about perfect. The wood aging and Berlin yeast cultures seems to have benefitted this beer immensely.

One of the better American Berliner Weisse examples out there, hope they continue making this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:49:08 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-20-2013 21:20:48 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Josh. Thanks dude! Served in a snifter at the West Lakeview block party.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar and minimal lace. Hazy straw body with a slightly milky look to it.

S - You've got your typical Berliner flavors, with lactic tartness, unmalted wheat, light lemon, as well as some mild oak and vanilla flavors in the periphery.

T - The taste shows more brett presence, with a mild musky funk mixed into the flavor profile. Lots of yeast, wheat, lactic acidity, and light dry oak notes.

M - Medium-light body, with crisp effervescent carbonation. Very dry, and quite refreshing. Spot-on for this style.

D - A very easy to drink Berliner that's pretty crushable. If this were available locally I'd buy it regularly. I dig the authenticity with the wood fermentation vessels and wild yeast, and there's tons of flavor here for a 3.5% beer. Hope Schell's makes this a regular.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:44:40 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale yellow, almost "white", with a gargantuan head, leaving copious lacing.

Aroma: weird and funky sour. Lemon peel. Cat pee. Sauvignon blanc.
Interesting stuff, to say the least.

Taste: Bracingly sour, and refreshingly so, too. More citric zest not he palate, more wild, sour funkification. Intense sour that never quits. Good consumability, nonstop refreshment. And never once did I cry out for a sweetening syrup.

I'm liking this lots. Good choice on Schell's part to put it in a large bottle at a high price. Not everyone's going to want to down this by the 12-pack. Hardly anyone, actually. And also cheers to them for actually brewing such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:40:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-30-2014 15:35:36 | More by SocalKicks
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-11-2014 23:20:02 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-22-2013 02:04:20 | More by XmnwildX12
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-08-2014 03:44:43 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and cage 750. Nice little pop!

Pours a fizzy white head that settles down. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: A lot of funk here. Sour funk. A nice lemon zest. Yeast and wheat. Barnyard goodness. A lot of flavor for such a low abv beer.

Taste: A lot of wheat up front. Sour lemons and zest. Bananas. A bit of red apples. Fairly fruity. Fairly funky. Not as much barnyard flavor here. A nice acidic flavor; nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Light, sour, and clean. Extremely light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, this beer is spot on. I know I am not a b-weisse expert, but this tastes very German and authentic. I am a big fan of this. It is so easy to drink and provides way more flavor than you would expect from a 3.5% beer. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:07:21 | More by mothman
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-10-2014 08:04:12 | More by zestar
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-24-2013 00:24:41 | More by THECPJ
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-23-2013 14:58:23 | More by drummermattie02
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-04-2013 00:48:49 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale golden yellow. Clear. Small white head that doesn't last.

Smell - Wheaty grain. Lactic acidity, but faint. Faint grape aroma, really makes it champagney.

Taste - Mildly tart. Grainy wheat. Less fruity, but it's still there.

Mouthfeel - Light and very drinkable. High carbonation.

Overall - Simple and well brewed. To style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:27:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2013 03:47:42 | More by Duff27
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maximum12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love Schell's. An oldest-school brewery that's stayed true to its roots but still wheels out the occasional crazy-ass stuff. Big, curvaceous 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is hyper-carbonated, with a couple of commercial breaks to let the white foam settle into the beer. Brew is an extremely light yellow, almost veering into off-white. Nose is big on Lemon Pledge (now I can't get that out of my tiny head), tart, with a nice grassland watercolor in the background. Very nicely decent.

Star of the North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer means you can identify the what this is from the label, eh? Dry, grassy wheat & lemon spritz make up the bulk of the bulk of the beer; tartness & more vacuum sucking dryness populate the middle. Acidity - how's that different than tartness, exactly - jumps in on the end, along with a graininess that sticks to the teeth. Light, effervescent, burp-inducing (that's number two), easy as hell to slug. I can totally see this in a pitcher on the deck next to a good steak.

Beautifully crafted beer, & I totally understand why people are digging it. Very good, bordering on excellent - doubtless one of the top 5 3.5% ABV brews in the Milky Way.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:38:43 | More by maximum12
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-23-2013 03:30:58 | More by enelson
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for the initial bottle of this, then to Doug for a nice follow up! Pale straw, hazy and muddled with an almost green-like tint to the entire body. Fizzy head, like you'd see from a Sprite, that's gone in a matter of seconds with essentially nothing left in its wake. One thing's for sure... it definitely looks like a Berliner Weisse.

A metric ton of musty and damp funk gets dropped like a bomb from the initial whiff. Sweaty, moldy oak, damp old carpeting, and a good bit of lemon-lime fruit and skin that balances nicely. It finishes with a sharp acidity to the nostrils, letting you know that though this beer may be quite the motherfunker, you can surely expect some tartness from it.

And there it is... the first sip details a handful of sweet-tart like fruit skins; tart and lightly acidic, but it won't have you reaching for the antacid just yet (at least not until you skull the entire bottle solo one day). The mouth feel is effervescent and fading, crackling and snapping like Pop-Rocks in your mouth, allowing the tartness to cut your palate up pretty well.

The real star of the show, though, is the funk. It's undeniably powerful and eminently beautiful. Incredibly musty, full of cobwebs, and floating with chunky ass yeast notes. We're talking, like moldy, wet floorboards and a damp, musky, basement floor. Of course, in the best way possible. Big cereal grain and wheat-y finish on this one, with more cheesy funk and a touch of lemon skin.

Very solid Berliner Weisse, and extremely authentic for the style. One of the funkier ones out there, for sure. Wet blankets and bales of old hay, left and right, balanced by a great tartness that only imparts tingling levels of acidity in your throat. Mmm'mmm, good. The second time I had this with Doug, we mixed in some raspberries and simple syrup... I recommend this, as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 11:31:42 | More by tectactoe
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morimech

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemonade color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I get a lot of wheat in the aroma. In addition to the wheat is the mildly funky, cheesy, dirty sock smell. This smells like it could be very interesting.

Moderately sour and tart. The first sip is bracing but the palate quickly adapts. Underneath the wheat malt flavor is a developing Brett funk with complimentary tart apple and lemon hints. The finish is dry and acidic with a slight wheat aftertaste.

Light body but I think it is under carbonated. I think a more effervescent body would really excite the palate.

Happy that Schell's did a proper Berliner Weissbier instead of the half-hearted attempts by most other brewers. I am definitely going to pick up another bottle and let it sit for a year or two as I think this will develop into a real fascinating beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:02:01 | More by morimech
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-29-2013 19:54:32 | More by Holland
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-17-2014 00:41:38 | More by mattmarka1
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Star Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer from August Schell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.